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So, are they licensed or not?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by hummingbird3d, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. hummingbird3d

    hummingbird3d LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    Now that I have started in this home lawn care business I have asked a few on the street about their business (they don't know I'm into it also.) I'd have to say by the lack of a business card or some lame way of giving me info on them to called them back, that I'd have to say that there are quite a few gents out there who appear to be doing business without a business license.

    I am happy and proud to at least have taken that step, you know, going down to the county to get your fictitious business name and then getting your business license which I found is called a Business Tax Certificate. And then also getting a domain name etc.

    I'm not here to now prejudge, but it does make me now wonder how many guys do this.
  2. david shumaker

    david shumaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 721

    There are those that are unlicensed. They are also working under the table and don't pay taxes or have insurance. I personally think it suppresses the amount I can bill. The next time you hear a potential customer say "the last guy only charged $10.00 an hour" and passes you up, it's probably because they can find an unlicensed person cheaper.
  3. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    If you really want to know who is licensed in your area, roll up to the court house and go to the county clerk and ask for a list of all licensed lawn services. You will have to provide I.D. It is public information you know!!!!! Then you don't have to second guess!

    I talk to newcomers every day since--the layoff's have started in Arkansas and to be truthfull, I can smell crap a mile away with people. Experienced LCO's aren't stupid and they probably could tell you were interested in their information... I don't just give out our expensive business cards to just anyone............. Talk is cheap and people are always willing to swap spit about the business, but the real stuff doesn't come free and you have to pay your dues and play a little ball before getting jolly with veterans. I don't tell a competitor or anyone asking for information anything unless they are the state plant board.
  4. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    Not raining on your parade or anything, but this business is competitive and full of cut throat thieves. Small talk is good but most veterans will not tolerate weasels smelling around.
    It is admirable that you have taken the steps necessary to provide your customers with a legitimate business person. Good Going, and I hope you will be prosperous.....
  5. weasel

    weasel LawnSite Member
    from 5
    Messages: 195

    Hey my name is WEASEL
    There are always going to be unlicensed people in this part of the industry all you have to do is be better than them. Don't waste your time trying to see who has a license focus now on your new business. Congrats
  6. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    Where in my dialogue does it state that I am a Newbie??????????
    Go back and re-read this overall response blog..
    I told the original poster that I hope he will be prosperous...

    I can only surmise without reading your public profile that you are 100% legal and carry adequate spray licenses.....
    I am new to this site but definately not new to these forums.....

  7. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    I did not read your response slow enough to cut through the B.S.
    I read that you are in Law--Horticulture--etc.
    That is wonderful and should definately help you in this business, however you should do better in law...
    As for telling hummingbird to seek out his own legal partner's in licenses, he can still do this if he feels the need. I have a list of all the licensed applicator's in my city. It is so because, I am a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the BBB. We have to protect our citizens from the poop that floats to the top of a sewer.

    Good day my friend
    Thanks for your responses.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    A business license doesn't grant you membership to some exclusive club...I mean damn they're like $50 and any Tom, Dick or Harry can waltz in and buy one. It's NOT quite the same thing as, say, practicing medicine without a license.

    I'm more interested in other guys doing good work, charging fair rates, things like that which affect me in the long run.
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Dang and I was out giving an estimate in the rain, so I didn't have time to mess with other companies...
    That really sucks because now I got work ALL of next week, and I am going to miss out on all the fun.

    Just poking fun at ya, but also...
    Don't worry about the rest as much, otherwise the message I'm sending is the competition could be working
    while you're still checking, and no offense but I wouldn't think of that as a desirable option.
    That you're proud of having undertaken the required steps, that's all right.

    Now it might be my recommendation, move along with your business plan.

    Peace out
  10. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,993

    Who cares about everyone else?

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